Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Publications:
Hearst Newspapers , Houston Chronicle , San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Free Press
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2469

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Few filmmakers ever make a great movie. Fewer still ever make a movie that expands what movies can express. Richard Linklater does both with Boyhood." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 19% Sex Tape (2014) " The whole problem with "Sex Tape" in a sentence: After its first third, the two lead characters just run around trying to prevent something that the audience very much wants to see happen." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 23% A Long Way Down (2014) " As British comedy sometimes will, "A Long Way Down" has an occasional attack of the cutes, but the actors' commitment keeps the movie on the plus side." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Pay attention to the camera, and you will see that Polanski is a clinician. He is in the thrall of no one." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " When a movie is inconclusive, when it's heading nowhere, there's no telling what should be emphasized and what should be glossed over. Everything is of equal unimportance." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 81% Begin Again (2014) " Carney is on to something in "Begin Again," some handle on a particular truth he's exploring, and he remains faithful to it through the finish." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 23% Tammy (2014) " As a first-time director, Falcone has trouble maintaining a specific tone - the movie wobbles back and forth between sentimentality and silliness, sometimes even within the same scene." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " It's as if there's a barrier between the viewer and the story that never comes down." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 86% Violette (2014) " A strong account of a literary friendship, a case of two opposites attracting, even if the nature of the attraction was different on each side." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/4 23% Third Person (2014) " "Third Person" is Paul Haggis' best movie, and the one he has been building toward for years." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 94% Snowpiercer (2014) " It's a film that, in its own peculiar way, forces viewers to question their values and ask themselves how much they're willing to sacrifice for a functioning society, and how much is too much." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 85% Borgman (2014) " "Borgman" might sound compelling in the abstract. But if you want to enjoy it and stay engaged by it for more than 10 minutes, you'll have to talk yourself into it." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 65% The Rover (2014) " The movie's overall cast of gloom - no one here has cracked a smile in years - contributes to a leaden aura." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " We come away with a feeling for pop stardom as seen from the inside, the traveling and performing, the dealing with the same people all day and the worrying about the business end." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/4 55% The Signal (2014) " For a while, a little while, it seems like it just might be interesting." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " The movie doesn't present itself as some kind of secular equivalent of a moral lesson. It's not callous or weepy or preachy - or self-consciously not those things. It's a naturally told story." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " "22 Jump Street" is exactly what comedy is today. It's coarse, free-flowing and playful." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " "The Fault in Our Stars" has to be considered some kind of good movie. And so I've given it some kind of good review. Still, I wonder - why do I feel as I've just been rolled?" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 84% Night Moves (2014) " Reichardt gives us scenes of people engaged in mundane labor and aimless conversation, but she doesn't make a case for such scenes as fascinating in themselves." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Cruise is a delight, exactly what he needs to be, fluid enough for comedy, physical enough for action, always going with the flow and yet finding ways to make moments memorable." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " It doesn't cut too deep. But that can be a relief sometimes, and even a virtue." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " "The Grand Seduction" has a sober vibe and a methodical pace, and yet there are more than a few moments that are laugh-out-loud funny." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " MacFarlane is after something beyond absurdity. He gets to the crux of the matter, that life in the West was cheap, at least as portrayed in the movies, and he tells us, often hilariously, that this is nothing we should celebrate." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " Owen makes Jack into such a mess that he casts everything into the zone of ambiguity. Does Owen know this? Perhaps he does and is intentionally subverting the film." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Klapisch still gets these characters to sneak up and make us care about them - though it might help if you remember them from when they were young." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 14% Blended (2014) " A rehash of Adam Sandler's 2011 comedy "Just Go With It," only without Jennifer Aniston and without laughs." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Most important, there is an emotional undercurrent in this installment that the earlier films only aspired to." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 71% Palo Alto (2014) " "Palo Alto" is something to watch and afterward say, "Yes, high school is something like that, isn't it?" That makes this film almost but not quite worth the investment." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " It all feels labored. In fact, very little of the comedy raises even a smile." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " For at least 75 minutes of the movie, there's not a single moment of human peril that's made vivid or consequential. It's all just spectacle, whether it's people or buildings getting destroyed." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
4/4 88% Chef (2014) " No matter how you slice it, "Chef" is authentic cuisine." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 54% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " Over the course of the film, a sense of the cast's camaraderie comes through, the almost family feeling that takes over among people thrown together in such intimate circumstances." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " There is just something slightly skewed, slightly uncontrolled, beneath Pailhas' reasonable exterior." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " When Rogen and Efron face off against each other, you feel that you're looking at two characters with everything on the line. It's funnier because it's more real." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 79% 42 (2013) " A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 7, 2014
3/4 89% Locke (2014) " Cinema is not about special effects, but about human emotion and a face in close-up. For those in doubt, "Locke" is the proof." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Aside from Allen, "Fading Gigolo" is a rather grim movie." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Even apart from the two leads, the acting is notably good, which means that director Marc Webb deserves praise." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/4 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " The way Alan feels on the outside is the way a lot of people feel at their most vulnerable. And so we watch him and recognize him, and then cringe and wish him luck." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 23% The Other Woman (2014) " Audiences looking for a nonstop laugh riot may be disappointed, but the big laughs are there, and they benefit from the movie's underlying sincerity." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Things start off silly and end up laughable and ridiculous." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 66% The German Doctor (2014) " Puenzo paints an arresting picture of postwar Argentina as a strange, morally occluded place, with former Nazis hiding at the best watering holes and resorts and with Mossad agents working in the shadows." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " This is a dark, horrible history, and yet there are times when "Walking With the Enemy" feels like "To Be Or Not to Be," only without Jack Benny, or like "Hogan's Heroes" without the jokes." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " This is a weak entry in the filmmaker's canon, a film that continues Jarmusch's rebellion against narrative while offering nothing in its place." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 84% Joe (2014) " If you've missed Nicolas Cage and the special qualities he brings to movies, "Joe" is a good place to get reacquainted." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Even people who aren't football fans will appreciate the maneuvers and the high-stakes trading, the make-or-break strategies and the careers in the balance." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/4 79% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " Easily, this is the most irresistible movie of 2014, so far." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " This becomes quite dull, even sleep-inducing, especially considering the movie's overall cast of slow-moving gloom." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 83% Rob the Mob (2014) " De Felitta has a feel for this world and its atmosphere, from the clutter and casual ugliness of the streets, to the insularity of the mentality, to the unexpected sweetness and vulnerability of the people." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
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